First The Storm and Then It's Windy
Norman and Miller Blow Silverdale Away
And so we're back to the usual routine of playing on a Saturday after a week off where the ground was deserted over the glorious bank holiday and then we had the farce of a late start on Thursday playing a mixture of Kirkby Lonsdale 1st and 2nd team (no, sorry, Sedbergh reincarnated) in the 20/20.
The day was humid but very damp and the outfield glistened with the overnight rain and misty drizzle that was in the air. Fortunately the covers had been on and the pitch was fine, but certainly a day for the towel to dry the ball. A shortish boundary at one side was evident as the strip was towards the clubhouse so there was the potential for a decent score albeit tempered by the slow outfield and the massive boundary at the other side.
Silverdale arrived buoyed by their midweek victory over Arnside and subsequent qualification for the semi-finals in the 3rd div T20 cup. The toss went Boycott's way and he elected to field. Magic Mike opened from Sedgwick house end, and, after a close LBW shout with his first ball, he induced a legside flick from Alker with his fourth ball which saw Chris Norman spring like a gazelle to take a one handed catch at square leg. so 0 for 1 in the first over and off to a perfect start. Things didn't remain that way however as Chris 'Windy' Miller couldn't sort his run up or line and length in his first couple of overs. Boycott was on the brink of taking him out of the attack when, with the final ball of his second over, he removed Peet-Farrow LBW with the score on 21 for 2.in the fourth over. Things moved on apace for the next four overs until disaster befell Magic Mike as he broke down with a muscle injury in his leg and was taken out of the attack.
Wrighty replaced Mike with the score on 35/2 from 8 and Windy was replaced in the 14th over by 'Stormin' Norman, which immediately brought a wicket as he had Entwistle adjudged LBW for 5. The following over Wrighty induced an edge from Mason (43), who was batting well, which just carried into the fingertips of Magic Mike at slip. There was a bit of a debate as to whether it was clean but anyone with a clear view could see that it was. Fair play to all concerned in the giving and accepting of the dismissal. The next over Stormin took his second wicket bowling Gaw for a duck and suddenly Silverdale had slipped from a promising 61/2 to 65 for 5 in the 16th over. Thompson and Moekell then rallied the score to 86 in the 23rd over before Wrighty produced a repeat performance when Moekell edged a more straightforward catch to Magic in the slips once more 3 overs later and it was Stormin's turn to nearly wrap up the innings as he took 3 wickets in 4 balls to reduce Silverdale to91 for 9.
And just when you think it's all over, it isn't, as Belcher came to the wicket and somehow rather agriculturally managed to make the bowling look rather ordinary. With Thompson batting sensibly at the other end, they saw off Wrighty and Chris Norman which left Boycott no option but to fill Mike's unused overs by bringing on Ali Howell. The return of Windy to finish his spell however, immediately brought the final wicket and Silverdale finished on 128 all out in the 34th over. All in all, a top performance in the field led by Chris Norman who finished with a five for. Eat your words Ben!
And so after the break it was down to the business of batting and Boycott, partnered by WIndy for the 2nd time this season, went out to face the bowling of Moekell and James. with 129 required from 46 overs thanks to the early finish of the Silverdale innings, the target should have been well within reach provided Sedgwick's wickets stayed intact. There was no rush at the start and no risks needing to be taken and with the opening bowlers maintaining a steady line and length, the scoring was, to put it mildly, sluggish. After 12 overs the score had reached 25 which was half of that of the Silverdale innings, but crucially no wickets down. At the 20 over drinks break Moekell was off, Charlie Gaw was on but still no wickets down and 48 on the scoreboard. Windy was going well playing some cracking drives but managing to find thhe fielders and Boycott was batting like.. well, Boycott. Boring the pants off them but grinding them down. James finished his spell and was replaced by Jack Belcher and it wasn't until the 23rd over, the halfway mark of the allotted overs, that Silverdale took their first wicket when Gaw bowled Boycott for a painful, sorry painstaking 15, but the job had been done. Only 56 required with 9 wickets intact. Surely the Sedgwick habit of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory would not rear its head again.
Paddy in at number three moved the score along quite briskly and his all too brief innings of 17 including a six onto the road, came to an end as he was bowled by Belcher with the score on 98 for 2. Tom Willacy was back in the clubhouse in the blink of an eye to face the wrath of his skipper, but at 105 for 3, the writing was on the wall for Silverdale. Hrishi joined Windy and they took the score past the winning total 0f 129 in the 36th over with Windy finishing on 61 not out and Hrishi on 16 not out. A job well done and 12 points in the bag.
A good game played in the right spirit and special thanks go to Ken Letcher of Silverdale who umpired both ends with common sense and complete impartiality. One of these days we'll have our own umpire.
And so to next week, with the weather at this stage looking promising, we welcome Carnforth 3rds hoping for a similar result. Until then..